I hope the new year is treating you well so far. Are you all still motivated about your new year’s resolutions? (HAHAHA I’m just kidding. I know you gave up on them in week 1. We all do.)
So it’s been a really busy month of the blog. Our new co-bloggers and guest posters have started writing. Our Snippets & WIPpets feature has launched. And we started the Of Wonderland Book Club, which got its very own Goodreads group! It’s really great so far, and we’re thankful to all of you who are participating and commenting. Our first month of reading fantasy books has been great, and tomorrow we’re announcing our new theme!
Lies I Told by Michelle Zink // ★ 1/2
Dreadnought by April Daniels // ★★★
Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard // ★★★★
How Hard Can Love Be? (The Spinster Club #2) by Holly Bourne // ★★★★ 1/2
The Lost & Found by Katrina Leno // ★★★
Highly Illogical Behaviour by John Corey Whaley // ★
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo // ★★★★
Nerve by Jeanne Ryan // ★★ 1/2 (re-read)
The Danish Girl by David Ebershoff // ★★★ 1/2
Beastly Bones (Jackaby #2) by William Ritter // ★★★ 1/2
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton // ★★★ 1/2
Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman // ★★★ 1/2
Summit 8000 by Andrew Lock // ★★★★
The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr // ★★★ 1/2
Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee // ★★★ 1/2
The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco // ★★
Last Stand (The Black Mage #3) by Rachel E. Carter // ★★★★ 1/2
Sad Perfect by Stephanie Elliot // ★★
The Mother’s Promise by Sally Hepworth // ★★★★★
The Twitter Diaries by Georgie Thompson // DNF
I am either very tragic or very motivated? I can’t believe I read SO MANY BOOKS. There’s 20 books in there, guys. TWENTY. It started off really well when I completed the #DAReadathon, and I really did my best to keep my diversity streak going. I read some amazing books, some not so amazing. I think it’s clear that I couldn’t make up my mind in terms of rating with so many half-stars! My favourites were definitely How Hard Can Love Be?, Last Stand, and The Mother’s Promise. Three very different genres, but all so great.
Flashfall by Jenny Moyer // ★★★1/2
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness // ★★★★★
Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves // ★★★1/2
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard // ★★★1/2
Windwitch by Susan Dennard // ★★★★
The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowksi // ★★★ 1/2
Sword of Destiny by Andrzej Sapkowski // ★★★ 1/2
Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski // ★★★★
Frostblood by Elly Blake // ★★ 1/2
RoseBlood by A. G. Howard // ★
The Sleeping Prince by Melinda Salisbury // ★★★★
This month has been a fantastic reading month. I ended up reading a total of TWELVE books, ranging from Middle Grade to Adult, and, for the most part, they were all amazing. I do need to pin this down to my love of audiobooks too, though. No matter how much free time I have (or how little free time, as it usually is) I can always listen to an audiobook anywhere, anytime. I had a few downers, mainly RoseBlood and Frostblood (maybe it’s the blood in the title that makes them suck?) but other than, whew, what a month for books!
High School Debut #7, #8, #9 by Kazune Kawahara // ★★★★
My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga // ★★★★
Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff That Made Me Famous by Kathryn Williams // ★★★1/2
Anomalies by Sadie Turner & Colette Freedman // ★★★★
Living In The Shallows (UK Crush #1) by Tani Hanes // ★★★
Distant Horizon by Stephanie Flint // ★★★3/4
Smash and Grab by Amy Christine Parker // ★★★★
Not In Her Wildest Dreams by Dani Collins // ★★★
Jan 17: The Sunshine Blogger Award
To be honest, I’m still not doing very well. My depression is here to reign and I’m doing all I can to keep up with the blog and the Goodreads group, which I love doing. Apart from that, the only thing I have energy for is reading — that’s probably where the high read count is coming from!
The highlight of my month was definitely when my mom took me to the zoo. I don’t know what it is, but I just feel so much more calm around animals. People kind of suck, you know? So I always love trips to the zoo. And I GOT TO SEE SLOTHS. If you know anything about me, you know about my love for sloths — they’re just so chill. I don’t think I ever got to see them IRL. It was quite a moment.
Thanks to our brand new bookclub kicking off this year to an amazing start, I’ve had a pretty good month. Not only did I have an excuse to binge-read all the fantasy books I wanted, but Anissa from FairyLoot asked me to moderate her Goodreads bookclub, and it’s been a blast! In January, we read Flashfall by Jenny Moyer, and I had so much fun discussing the book with all the other FairyLoot fans!
I ended up catching some sort of almost-deadly virus towards the end of the month. I kid you not, I hadn’t felt so horrendous in a while, and it all started during a graveyard shift so I couldn’t even go home. When I did get home, I ended up stumbling straight into bed, and am only now (four days later) starting to feel slightly human. At least I can eat now, which I couldn’t do before.
It was also my birthday this month! I am officially the glorious (and slightly depressing) age of 23. As a surprise, my colleagues at work co-funded an adoption and membership for Monkey World, an ape sanctuary a half hour away from where we live. Apparently, they looked into adopting a sloth for me, but there are no sloth sanctuaries in our vicinity, and frankly, Thelma is too adorable to pass up. Monkey World was amazing, and so much fun, and if you want to watch me freak out over my adopted chimp, you can see my video on Twitter!
What was the best part of January for you?